These Water Tables Provide Hours of Fun for Toddlers — and a Much-Needed Break for Parents

by Bethany Braun-Silva

These Water Tables Provide Hours of Fun for Toddlers — and a Much-Needed Break for Parents
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We know trips to the beach may be hard to come by this year, but water fun doesn’t have to be. Investing in a water table brings the water to you and is a fun way to spend a hot summer day outside. A water table is an interactive toy that houses several different ways of playing with water. From spinners to water shooters to wavemakers, a water table can teach kids about cause and effect and leave them feeling like little scientists, pirates or explorers. 


Kids love playing and splashing with water, and water tables give kids an engaging sensory activity that provides hours of entertainment. Water tables also help develop toddlers’ hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills. Additionally, several models teach kids about the flow of water and its mechanics, so they can get a jump on STEM learning before heading to school in the fall! Water tables encourage imaginative play, and because they are jam-packed with toys, accessories, and many different features, they can hold attention for a long time.


Parents love water tables because they don’t require much on our part. Set it up, add water, and watch from the sidelines as your kid has a blast. Just make sure they’re slathered in sunscreen, as they’ll likely be playing for a while.


We’ve rounded up some of our favorite water tables below. Happy splashing!


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Little Tykes Plastic Rectangular Sand and Water Table Bucket


Kids can make waves with this water table — literally. The table is divided into five different sections, including a wave maker that moves toys around the table for a wild ride. The table includes palm trees, a mountain that turns into a waterfall, and a buried treasure that’s perfect for playing pretend pirates.

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Step2 Splash 'N Scoop Bay


On this table, kids can play with water and sand and watch water pour down the ramp into the pool below. This table can be used in various ways ensuing your toddler will never get bored.

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Childcraft Mobile Mini Sand & Water Table


This simple, sturdy water table is great for older toddlers who want to play, discover, and explore. The clear bucket allows kids to see the action beneath the water’s surface and conduct experiments. Add some sand for an extra fun time.

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Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Table


Ahoy, matey! There are so many things to do on this pirate-themed water table. It includes a shark that squirts water from its mouth, an anchor that drops, buckets, cranks, and a spinning device that makes waves.

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Step2 Paw Patrol Sand and Water Table


The Paw Patrol is ready for action with this fun water table that features the pup’s lookout, a wavemaker, and seven toys. Kids can fling the pups to the rescue and watch them splash into the water. Feel free to add your kids’ own Paw Patrol toys to the water experience.

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Little Tikes Magic Flower 12-Piece Water Table Set


This unique take on a water table has four different levels for water play and includes a watering can, cups, and adorable animal figurines that can be stacked on the tree’s branches. When kids pour water into the top, they’ll watch in amazement as the flower blooms.